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Food for Thought, Interdisciplinary Project

Basics

  • Project TitleFood for Thought, Interdisciplinary Project
  • ThemeAlleviating Hunger in the Community
  • Submitted ByLisa Shea
  • OrganizationWhitman-Hanson Regional High School
  • Brief DescriptionInterdisciplinary project, (English III, Statistics II, Health, TV Production, Webpage Design, Computer Applications) to support the local need across town food pantries.
  • Team membersKeith Erwin- Health, Julie Giglia- Computer Applications, Ellen Galambos- English, Warren MacCallum- Math, Lydia Nelson- Web/Technology, Bob Rodgers- TV/Media, Lisa Shea- Project Coordinator

Key Questions

  • Connections: How or why was this topic identified? Why is it meaningful?WH has a pre-existing relationship with Habitat for Humanity, Women
  • Background Research: What resources were used to find background information for this project?Students needed to do initial research on healthy eating recommendations, WIC and food stamp information, poverty income guidelines, as well as the cost of food items based on local supermarket circulars. Students participated in a panel symposium in which they taught each other what they had learned through their in-class study, and later heard from experts on the topic of local hunger. They were able to ask questions of the panel and gain a greater understanding of hunger facts within their communities.

Units / Activities

Instructional Techniques

  • English Class Research and Preparation for ProjectSample of powerpoint English class used to cross-educate their peers during a full-group project meeting
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    View/Download File: /project20_1432/CSL English Presentation.ppt

Assessment Techniques

Frameworks / Skills

  • ELA Frameworks (HS)
    3.17
    Deliver formal presentations for particular audiences using clear enunciation and appropriate organization, gestures, tone, and vocabulary.
    (ELA Frameworks (HS))
  • ELA Frameworks (HS)
    3.18
    Create an appropriate scoring guide to evaluate final presentations.
    (ELA Frameworks (HS))
  • ELA Frameworks (HS)
    4.26
    Identify and use correctly new words acquired through study of their different relationships to other words.
    (ELA Frameworks (HS))
  • ELA Frameworks (HS)
    8.32
    Identify and analyze the point(s) of view in a literary work.
    (ELA Frameworks (HS))
  • ELA Frameworks (HS)
    8.33
    Analyze patterns of imagery or symbolism and connect them to themes and/or tone and mood.
    (ELA Frameworks (HS))
  • ELA Frameworks (HS)
    10.6
    Identify and analyze characteristics of genres (satire, parody, allegory, pastoral) that overlap or cut across the lines of genre classifications such as poetry, prose, drama, short story, essay, and editorial.For example, as they read Joseph Heller
    (ELA Frameworks (HS))
  • Math Frameworks (HS)
    12.D.1
    Design surveys and apply random sampling techniques to avoid bias in the data collection.
    (Math Frameworks (HS))
  • Math Frameworks (HS)
    12.D.2
    Select an appropriate graphical representation for a set of data and use appropriate statistics (e.g., quartile or percentile distribution) to communicate information about the data.
    (Math Frameworks (HS))
  • Math Frameworks (HS)
    12.D.4
    Apply uniform, normal, and binomial distributions to the solutions of problems.
    (Math Frameworks (HS))
  • Math Frameworks (HS)
    12.D.5
    Describe a set of frequency distribution data by spread (i.e., variance and standard deviation), skewness, symmetry, number of modes, or other characteristics. Use these concepts in everyday applications.
    (Math Frameworks (HS))
  • 21st century
    Global Awareness
    Learning from and working collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, work and community contexts. Understanding other nations and cultures, including the use of non-English languages.
    (21st century)
  • 21st century
    Financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy
    Knowing how to make appropriate personal economic choices. Understanding the role of the economy in society. Using entrepreneurial skills to enhance workplace productivity and career options.
    (21st century)
  • 21st century
    Civic Literacy
    Participating effectively in civic life through knowing how to stay informed and understanding governmental processes. Exercising the rights and obligations of citizenship at local, state, national and global levels. Understanding the local and global implications of civic decisions.
    (21st century)
  • 21st century
    Health Literacy
    Obtaining, interpreting and understanding basic health information and services and using such information and services in ways that are health enhancing. Understanding preventive physical and mental health measures, including proper diet, nutrition, exercise, risk avoidance and stress reduction. Using available information to make appropriate health-related decisions Establishing and monitoring personal and family health goals. Understanding national and international public health and safety issues.
    (21st century)
  • ELA Frameworks (HS)
    20.6
    Use effective rhetorical techniques and demonstrate understanding of purpose, speaker, audience, and form when completing expressive, persuasive, or literary writing assignments.
    (ELA Frameworks (HS))
  • 21st Century
    Creativity and Innovation Skills
    Demonstrating originality and inventiveness in work. Developing, implementing and communicating new ideas to others. Being open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives Acting on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the domain in which the innovation occurs.
    (21st Century)
  • 21st Century
    Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
    Exercising sound reasoning in understanding. Making complex choices and decisions. Understanding the interconnections among systems. Identifying and asking significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions. Framing, analyzing and synthesizing information in order to solve problems and answer questions.
    (21st Century)
  • 21st Century
    Communication and Collaboration Skills
    Articulating thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively through speaking and writing. Demonstrating ability to work effectively with diverse teams. Exercising flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal. Assuming shared responsibility for collaborative work.
    (21st Century)
  • 21st Century
    Information Literacy
    Accessing information efficiently and effectively, evaluating information critically and competently and using information accurately and creatively for the issue or problem at hand Possessing a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information
    (21st Century)
  • 21st Century
    Media Literacy
    Understanding how media messages are constructed, for what purposes and using which tools, characteristics and conventions. Examining how individuals interpret messages differently, how values and points of view are included or excluded and how media can influence beliefs and behaviors. Possessing a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information
    (21st Century)
  • 21st Century
    ICT Literacy
    Using digital technology, communication tools and/or networks appropriately to access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information in order to function in a knowledge economy Using technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate and communicate information, and the possession of a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information
    (21st Century)
  • 21st Century
    Flexibility and Adaptability
    Adapt to varied roles, jobs responsibilities, schedules and context. Work effectively in a climate of ambiguity and changing priorities. Incorporate feedback effectively.
    (21st Century)
  • 21st Century
    Initiative and Self-Direction
    Manage goals and time; Work independently; Be self-directed learners. Go beyond basic mastery of skills and/or curriculum to explore and expand one’s own learning and opportunities to gain expertise.
    (21st Century)
  • 21st Century
    Social and Cross-Cultural Skills
    Working appropriately and productively with others. Leveraging the collective intelligence of groups when appropriate. Bridging cultural differences and using differing perspectives to increase innovation and the quality of work.
    (21st Century)
  • 21st Century
    Productivity and Accountability
    Setting and meeting high standards and goals for delivering quality work on time. Demonstrating diligence and a positive work ethic (e.g., being punctual and reliable).
    (21st Century)
  • 21st Century
    Leadership and Responsibility
    Using interpersonal and problem-solving skills to influence and guide others toward a goal. Leveraging strengths of others to accomplish a common goal. Demonstrating integrity and ethical behavior. Acting responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind.
    (21st Century)
  • Math Frameworks (HS)
    AII.D.1
    Select an appropriate graphical representation for a set of data and use appropriate statistics (e.g., quartile or percentile distribution) to communicate information about the data. (12.D.2)
    (Math Frameworks (HS))
  • Math Frameworks (HS)
    PC.D.1
    Design surveys and apply random sampling techniques to avoid bias in the data collection. (12.D.1)
    (Math Frameworks (HS))
  • Math Frameworks (HS)
    PC.D.3
    Apply uniform, normal, and binomial distributions to the solutions of problems. (12.D.4)
    (Math Frameworks (HS))
  • Math Frameworks (HS)
    PC.D.4
    Describe a set of frequency distribution data by spread (variance and standard deviation), skewness, symmetry, number of modes, or other characteristics. Use these concepts in everyday applications. (12.D.5)
    (Math Frameworks (HS))

Tags = health | statistics | web-design | Subject = ELA, Mathematics, Technology, Physical_Education | Grade Level = HS | Time Period = | Program/Funding = 354 |
Direct website link to this project: http://resources21.org/cl/contextual.asp?projectnumber=20.1432